June 14, 2021 – Theatre Tuscaloosa’s 2021-2022 season, themed “Together Again!,” will feature three plays, two musicals, the Alabama Community Theatre Festival, a special Page to Stage performance, and two SecondStage productions.
The mainstage season opens with the ever-popular Always… Patsy Cline by Ted Swindly. Lauren Wilson returns as Patsy’s biggest fan, “Louise,” and Tuscaloosa’s own Rosie Webber will play Patsy Cline (September 10-19). Packed with hits like “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” and “I Fall to Pieces,” this show is a funny, musical stroll down memory lane.
Girls’ Weekend, written by Karen Schaeffer, will run December 10-19. In this mad-cap, door-slamming comedy, four best friends get together for a girls’ weekend at a remote cabin in the middle of winter. Not everyone plans to be away from their sweethearts that long, however, and soon the bottles tip up, the secrets spill out, and the men sneak in!
Artistic Director Emeritus Paul K. Looney comes out of retirement to direct On Golden Pond, February 25-March 6, 2022. This classic play inspired the Academy Award-winning film with Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn. Norman is a curmudgeon with a strained relationship with his daughter, Chelsea. Together for their 48th summer at Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea’s fiancé, and a most unexpected relationship blooms.
The spring brings The Mamalogues to the mainstage, written by Lisa B. Thompson. This satirical comedy celebrates the lives of middle-class Black women as they creatively balance home and career while raising their children in a dangerous world. Together at a mother’s retreat, Lauren, Beverley, and Tasha share their stories about playground racial profiling, being the “only one” at the PTA meeting, the lack of organic food in the ‘hood, and more. This play runs May 20-29, 2022.
The mainstage season concludes with the long-awaited Mamma Mia! (July 15-24, 2022). This unforgettable show inspired a movie and a sequel! ABBA’s timeless songs propel an enchanting tale about a young woman who wants to invite the father she’s never known to her wedding. Together, a mother, a daughter, and three possible dads, find themselves taking a trip down the aisle audiences will never forget!
Theatre Tuscaloosa is offering several special events during the 2021-22 season that may be added to season ticket orders. Add-on events include Page to Stage, the SecondStage season, and the Shelton State student production.
Page to Stage returns with Busy Day, a musical memoir about and starring the Alabama Jazz Hall of Famer Rickey Powell, October 29 & 30, with a school matinee performance on October 27. Audiences will journey from Alabama to New York City and across Europe as Rickey recounts his musical career and experiences growing up in 1960s Alabama.
The SecondStage season includes two productions. Stop Kiss by Diana Son runs October 6-10 at Grace Presbyterian Church (113 Hargrove Road). In this powerful and moving contemporary play, Callie meets Sara to answer an ad for cat-sitting, and the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate. The SecondStage season concludes with the fourth annual Festival of One Acts March 23-27, 2022, welcoming new directors Jamie Shannon Ertle Ferguson and Norquina “Q” Rieves.
The Shelton State Theatre Department will present The Diviners April 8-10, 2022. A troubled young man befriends a disenchanted former preacher in small-town, 1930s Indiana. The boy’s fear of water, the preacher’s crisis of faith, and the townsfolk’s need for spiritual guidance come to a head in this beautifully theatrical and tragic tale. Audiences will be supporting the talent of the future when they attend this student production.
Theatre Tuscaloosa is also partnering with the Alabama Conference of Theatre to host the Alabama Community Theatre Festival (January 14-16, 2022). Up to eight community theatres from throughout Alabama will present 60-minute performances in the Bean-Brown Theatre. Tickets to individual performances and/or the entire festival will be available to the general public.
The 2021-2022 season is produced in cooperation with Shelton State Community College and will be presented in the Bean-Brown Theatre on the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College (9500 Old Greensboro Road), except as noted above.
Season tickets are discounted fifteen percent over individual ticket prices and include the five mainstage productions: Always… Patsy Cline, Girls’ Weekend, On Golden Pond, The Mamalogues, and Mamma Mia! Packages are $89 for adults, $77 for seniors, members of the military, and SSCC employees, and $63 for students and children. Season tickets may be purchased as either traditional packages (same night and seat(s) for each show) or as flex passes, which may be redeemed in any order and combination for any of the 2021-2022 mainstage productions. Page to Stage, the SecondStage season, and SSCC’s The Diviners may be purchased at a discount as add-ons to any season package.
Renewing subscribers will have their previously purchased Mamma Mia! tickets and remaining flex vouchers honored for the 2021-2022 season. New season subscriptions will be available beginning August 1st.
More information and season tickets are available at www.theatretusc.com or 205.391.2277.
Theatre Tuscaloosa is a 501c3 not-for-profit community theatre located on the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College. Theatre Tuscaloosa has been enriching the greater Tuscaloosa community since 1971 through quality theatrical productions and educational outreach.
A vital member of the Alabama Community College System, Shelton State Community College is committed to creating new opportunities for West Alabama. “With a renewed focus on meeting the needs of its customers, the College offers innovative solutions and an enhanced approach to customized education, training, and community impact,” states President Brad Newman. “Collectively, we will be excellent in each!”